Coppin State Police Officer a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegan Next Door’ Contest

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017 3:28pm

Photo via PETA/Michael Baysmore

Michael Baysmore of the Coppin State Police Department is back in the news for another good, but very different reason.

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Featured, Food & Drink, Hot Plate

Hot Plate: Tacos & Tequila at Gunther & Co., Greg’s Bagels Reopens, Bourbon, Whiskey and Local Distiller Events

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 17, 2017 9:11am

Gunther & Co. kicks off Tequila Taco Tuesdays next week

Have you recovered yet from your Valentine’s Day sugar high? Ready for something new?

There’s a lot happening this week in Baltimore restaurant news, and none of it involves heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. New spots are opening, culturally educational dinners are taking place and restaurants are providing locals with lots of opportunities to learn about – and enjoy – different types of liquors.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town this week:

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Food & Drink, Hampden, Sponsored Post

Vegan Valentines at Golden West Cafe in Hampden

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 2:03pm


Enjoy a VEGAN VALENTINE’S DAY at Golden West! Read More →

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Featured, Food & Drink, Health and Fitness

More Vegan Ballpark Food Coming to Camden Yards

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 2:51pm

photo via PlantBar

photo via PlantBar

PlantBar, which offers vegan food options at Belvedere Square Market, is opening up a new spot at Camden Yards this season. Read More →

Food & Drink, Links

The Gift: Delicious Vegan Charm School Chocolates

0 Written by: | Saturday, Nov 29, 2014 1:30pm

The Gift

What It Is: An entire line of dairy-free (and otherwise animal product-free) chocolate and confections that will impress even die-hard milk chocolate fans. While dairy-free chocolates may seem like anathema to certain purists, we’ve personally had the experience of seeing the eyes of lactose intolerant and vegan friends bulge out of their heads upon breaking into a bar of this stuff. Created by Chef Josh Rosen (winner a couple years back of Sweet Genius on the Food Network), these are absolutely top notch, locally made confections. Prices vary.

Who It’s Perfect For:

Vegans: This is pretty obvious, but to the non-vegan (that is, those of us who do consume various animal products) the magic of a creamy, mouth watering chocolate bar without any milk may not seem that exciting. Yet, my longtime vegan friend still brings up the Charm School Chocolates I gave him as a “thank you” gift well over a year ago. There’s no underestimating how much these people miss a good candy bar, or how much they’ll appreciate you finding one.

Kids with Dairy Allergies: This is another one I can personally testify for. As the aunt of a child with a severe dairy allergy, I’ve seen celebration after celebration where all the other kids are indulging in cupcakes, cookies, Halloween candy and more while my patient (but clearly bummed out) nephew abstains. Or maybe gets a popsicle or lollypop as a consolation. While they’re a bit high-end for everyday munching, a special bar for the holidays is sure to light up the face of any kid for whom chocolate is an extra rare treat.

Charm School Chocolates are available online and at retailers around town. Visit for more information.



Food & Drink, Hampden, Real Estate & Home, Shop Local

Breathe Bookstore & Cafe is Open to New Owners – Time to Make Your Dream Come True

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 3:00pm

If you live a holistic and Ayurvedic lifestyle, or just appreciate good food, good karma and good company, you have been to Breathe Bookstore and Cafe in Hampden.  Twice this week I have been spotted sitting on the large wrap around porch among the beautiful trees, enjoying a gentle breeze and a light rain while listening to the song of the wind chimes over a cup of ginger tea.  I love this place and the people inside it, and was a little saddened to hear the news that Owner Susan WeisBohlen is moving on to the next stage in her journey, and looking to pass the torch to new owners.  The following message from Susan went out today in the Breathe Books e-newsletter:

When one door opens, well, another one opens.

Breathe bookstore café’s door is open to new owners…

Larry and I recently moved to a beautiful home in Reisterstown, in part, because the previous owners had a cooking school there and built a beautiful state-of-the-art teaching kitchen — my dream kitchen! My jaw literally dropped when we walked in. Larry knew it had to be our house. And so it is. 


And I knew I would be expanding my business to our home, but what I didn’tknow was that I would want to concentrate ALL of my business there. 


It’s become crystal clear to me that to be true to my heart and soul, I want to spend more time teaching and offering consultations and less time running a café. My thoughts when opening the café were to add a little boost to the bookstore business. The demand for our amazing food has been great, and my vision of a bookstore with some café items became a café with some books. 

(Naively I thought I would be able to cook for the café! But running both bookstore, café, events, etc. has left me little time to be in the kitchen.) 

To operate at the creative and efficient level I am used to and to best serve the community I want to be fully present with my Ayurvedic clients, lead workshops, organize events, teach cooking and meditation, and lecture around the region. 

So breathe bookstore café is for sale. My lease can be taken over at any time. If you have a dream to run a vegetarian café or want to create your own concept, let me know. We have a brand new kitchen with the top equipment, a fabulous historic house (two floors and a carriage house) and great karma! Everything is negotiable. And my staff would LOVE to continue working here!


I am sad to no longer run this business in Hampden, and I’m sorry about thedisruption to our community, but I know it is the right decision. We’ll make the transition as smooth as possible. Our classes go on as usual until we move. I will keep you up-to-date. 


I thank you for your 10 years of support. It’s been an incredible ride! I can’t wait to see new adventures unfold. I hope you can come along with me! I look forward to serving you in another capacity and another place soon. 


In the meantime we are currently selling our inventory at a 20% discount (not including food items, Ayurvedic products or used books). Please come in to pick up some special things before they are gone!







            With love and deep gratitude, 






Catch of the Day

Vegan Sweets from Charm School Chocolates

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 1:32pm

Charm School Chocolates

catch of the day fish (2)Valentines Day is of course the day we go all out to show our love for those special people in our lives. But how about making it extra special by not just saying, “I’m thinking of you,”  but also “I’m thinking of all our furry and feathered friends” or “I’m thinking of your intolerance for lactose”? Pretty romantic, right? But in all seriousness, a gift from Charm School Chocolates cannot fail to wow. The young, Baltimore-based confectionery makes all of its chocolates without the use of any animal products (and many are even soy-free, as well). Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, but with a few dietary restrictions as well. Read More →

Catch of the Day

Vegan Halloween Treats from Charm School Chocolates

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 2:42pm

Charm School Chocolates

catch of the day fish (2)When we think of all the scariest Halloween images, we usually imagine zombies, witches, ghosts, vampires, mummies, and sexy pretty-much-anything. But what we think is really scary is the potential of a chocolate-less Halloween. Imagine the horror! Whether you’re allergic to dairy, or maintain a vegan diet for other reasons, nixing the milk can mean a harder time finding exciting chocolates that are as creamy and indulgent as those you remember dumping out of your loot bag as a trick-or-treater. But luckily, Baltimore is home to Charm School Chocolates—makers of some of the finest (vegan) treats around. Read More →

Catch of the Day, Hampden, Sponsored Post

“Sweet Genius” Josh Rosen of Charm School Chocolates Visits Ma Petite Shoe

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 11:32am

One of the great charms—if you will—of Baltimore is that for how small it sometimes seems, it’s actually full of surprises. And since so many folks are finding Baltimore to be a great place to start a small business, those surprises often take the form of smart and talented entrepreneurs—and the fabulous creations they’ve brought with them. One new local treasure is Charm School Chocolates (and its chef—the perfectly charming Josh Rosen, whom you might have seen last week on the Food Network’s Sweet Genius [um, footnote: he won!]). Smartly, Ma Petite Shoe (our favorite spot for an unparalleled selection of gourmet chocolates from around the world) has jumped at the opportunity to be one of the first Baltimore retailers to offer Charm School Chocolates—and boy, are we grateful. Josh will be at Ma Petite Shoe this Friday for the store’s weekly Chocolate Happy Hour from 6pm-9pm. Read More →

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